She later lectured to student teachers, first at the Johannesburg Nursery School Training College and later at the Johannesburg College of Education before joining the School of Music at Wits in , as a lecturer of music methodology for class music. She retired from Wits in , having played a leadership role, rallying support and actively participating in initiatives seeking to re-position the School of Music within a sustainable niche.
Marguerite established an excellent reputation on a national level through her contributions to music education. Believing that denying children full access to the arts impoverishes their minds, Marguerite stressed that music is a highway for exploring the emotional and aesthetic dimensions of experience. She pointed out that music helps us learn a significant lesson: that all aspects of life are not quantifiable. Marguerite was committed to community outreach programmes, one of her primary objectives with her students being to arouse their interest in community projects.
In , Marguerite was awarded a doctorate posthumously for her dissertation towards a Philosophy of Music Education in South Africa. Her aim was to establish if it could be possible to bring the diverse musics of South Africa together in an intercultural music education philosophy for South Africa. She believed that when children learn to enjoy the music of others, and by drawing community members into the music-making process in a genuine way, nation building will be fostered.
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From she had progressively become reliant on permanent supplemental oxygen due to bronchiestasis, but Marguerite remained active through sheer energy and determination until her death in April She had an extraordinary ability to remain positive amidst the most adverse of lifes circumstances. She loved the simple things that made up the fabric of her life - her beautiful garden, her kitchen, her family and her friends.
Peter John Roberts, principal tutor in the School of Mechanical, Industrial and Aeronautical Engineering passed away on 24 September after a severe illness. In his eulogy Prof Snaddon described Peter as a bright, enthusiastic, optimistic collegial friend- a person who was a team member, a person who cared. He was sensitive to other people, a person who could be completely trusted. His passion was for his students and he would try to see the best in all. Born in , he graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Engineering in Ken Addison was born in Salisbury in the then Southern Rhodesia.
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In , he volunteered for military service and served in East Africa and Burma. In , Ken and his family emigrated to Queensland Australia. He worked as senior agristologist for the department of primary industries and was the officer in charge at Brian Pastures Research Station in Gayndah, Queensland until his retirement in Ken passed away on the 4th September Born 22 December in Pietermaritzburg, Akerman matriculated from Michaelhouse. In addition to a medical degree, he held Red Cross first aid and nursing certificates and a pilots licence.
He specialised in anaesthetics then practised in Durban in the sixties. He married Pamela Reardon in and they had two children. The family returned to England where Akerman studied histopathology, becoming a Fellow of the Royal College of Pathologists in He published extensively in conjunction with the Natal Medical School and, at his retirement in , was department head at both Addington and the Natal Regional Laboratory Services. Charles John Adkinson Barrat was born in a small village in the Transkei. He was appointed director of the SAIIA in where under his guidance the institute began to flourish with a growing reputation for objectivity, with an educational role and an important research programme.
In he was appointed as an honoury professor in International Relations at Wits University. Arthur David Bensusan died at the age of 85 while in New Zealand. He was a world-renowned authority on the history of photography and the founder of the Bensusan Museum and Library of Photography at Museum Africa in Newtown, Johannesburg. After matriculating he became a medical student at Wits University but in joined the South African Air Force as a photographer.
After the war he returned to medical school, qualified as a doctor and worked as a general practitioner. In he founded the Photographic Society of Southern Africa. He was invited to join the London Salon, an elite group of photographers that included the great Canadian photographer, Yousuf Karsh. Bensusan headed the photographic division of the Wits medical school and lectured on the use of photography in medicine. In the s he invented the first instantaneous X-ray, which allowed for the immediate diagnosis of people involved in accidents.
He made two documentary films. One which followed the fortunes of a man who became a paraplegic after an accident became the first South African documentary to win a prize at the Cannes Film Festival. On the 16th November last year my mentor, colleague, friend and prayer partner was brutally murdered by thugs abusing drugs in the Rondebosch CT area in the early evening of a Friday. This after serving a total of 30 years of employment at Wits Law School. A keen legal mind, a kind and generous heart, especially to his students, Mike Larkin was an authentic gentle soul that brought light, hope, peace and love to all who knew him.
The week in which he died, Mike and I spoke daily over the phone. He was advising me with a legal problem I was currently experiencing at my place of work. Two things stand out in my memory with regards to what he said. The first was his probing question, "Is this being done to you in good faith or bad faith" This was Mike the legal mind cutting to the moral and evidential chase. The second was his apt turn of phrase. The night before he died, referring to the exam scripts which he was busy marking, I asked him, "Is there no one who can assist you in marking the exam scripts?
Mike was partially sighted and marking exam scripts was a particularly arduous task for him. Is this why he had deliberated so long and so hard about moving to the Cape? He would have walked with purpose on that early summer evening with the haversack full of exam scripts slung over his shoulder. He was going to evening Mass.
He was only a hair s breadth away from the sanctity and safety of the church s grounds when he met with his untimely death. The prospect of meeting with his Maker, if not in the eucharist then in death would have brought him consolation. He enjoyed Ignatian spirituality and often quoted the consolations and desolations of the Ignatian Spiritual life.
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He would knowingly surrender his life in order to safeguard those exam scripts that held the key to the future of his beloved LLB students. A memorial tea in remembrance of Mike Larkin was held in Johannesburg on Sunday 16th November attended by a few close friends, colleagues and prayer partners.
To celebrate his life a scripture from John He strived to establish excellence in Vascular Surgery and initiated the establishment of what was to become the Winnipeg Vascular and Endovascular CME Symposium in In he graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce degree and returned to the JSE where he was offered a position as a tea boy. In he became a practicing member of the JSE. He was president of the JSE in and again from Richard loved animals and bought a farm which is today known as Innesfree Farm close to the M1 in Sandton.
In he donated all but 25 hectares of the farm to the former Sandton Town Council to be used as a botanical garden. Richard Lurie died in Johannesburg aged Neville was central to the emergence of radical white student opposition to apartheid in the early s and was banned by the government in and fled to Australia a year later. Eyvind Finsen passed away on Thursday, 1 November Eyvind was born in Johannesburg on 26 June and after matriculating at KES, he studied at the University of the Witwatersrand, obtaining a BArch degree in , and a post-graduate diploma in Town Planning in He excelled early on in his career, when in he won the first prize in the Vereeniging Civic Centre architectural competition in association with Guy Andrews and Crawford.
Eyvind was passionate about education and continuous professional development, and presented training courses for the SA Institute of Architects since and organised and presented Correspondence Courses on Arbitration for the Association of Arbitrators Southern Africa since He presented numerous seminars on the building contract throughout South Africa and in Namibia over the years. Eyvind was elected to numerous positions of leadership over the years.
He was Chairperson of the Association of Arbitrators Southern Africa for a record thirteen consecutive years and was appointed Executive Director of the Association from He was elected a Life Member of the Association in He was the President of the South African Council for Architects for two consecutive terms from to , and remained on the first Council which was appointed in terms of the Act for the Architectural Profession serving until His interests were however wider and he served as a Town Councillor of Sandton from , and was a member of the Management Committee from He also served as President of Convocation of the University from to Re-printed with kind permission from the SA Institute of Architects.
Gary Frisch, the computer entrepreneur who established Gaydar the dating website died on 10 February At the time of his death the website had more than 3. Frisch was born on 22 January and attended Boksburg High School. After matriculating he went on to study computer science at Wits University.
After graduating he set up his own software company, Frisoft Software. First appointed in as a junior lecturer, Prof Fisher worked his way up to become Chair of Psychology in and served as acting Head of Psychology from to and then eventually Head of Psychology from to He was widely published in national and international journals, with a strong focus on the well being of employees in the workplace.
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He served on the founding Executive Council of the Ergonomics Society of Southern Africa and served as a managing editor of the accredited journal Ergonomics SA from to Prof Fisher served on numerous University committees and was a member of both the University Senate and Council. He was an active member of his community, the chair of his local agricultural society and was also a Tai Chi instructor. A psychology major, Graff was one of few women to serve on the SRC.
She completed an LLB and then practised as an attorney.
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In the Law Faculty dean invited her to transform the voluntary law clinic into a fully fledged unit which she undertook with zest over the next decade. Aspirant attorneys served their Articles there, gaining practical experience and providing legal services to the indigent and those prejudiced by apartheid. Graff retired in having built the clinic into a model copied by several local faculties.
She continued to consult to Wits on matters of student discipline. He was involved in the industry on various levels. Professor Frikkie Van Reenen passed away after a short illness on Saturday, 8 September in George where he was in retirement.